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This project helps policymakers target resources and implement policies to facilitate the exit of prostituted individuals from sexual exploitation, and to deter those who facilitate the sale of sex and those who buy sex (“Johns”) from engaging in this exploitive behavior. This study interviews members of the Boston Police Department, survivors of sexual exploitation, Johns, and facilitators of the sale of sex. Boston is aiming to decrease demand for prostituted individuals by 20% over the next two years, and this research is the first step in that initiative.


A partnership between the University of Massachusetts Boston and the Boston Police Department - Office of Research and Development, Boston Police Department - Human Trafficking Unit, Mayor’s Office of Women’s Advancement, Mayor’s Office of Public Safety, and Councilor Baker’s Office.

Community Engaged/Serving

Part of the UMass Boston Community-Engaged Teaching, Research, and Service Series.